Mysterious Lines on Mars Are Result of Dry Ice

June 11, 2013 7:25 PM

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Mysterious Lines on Mars Are Result of Dry Ice

Images of lines drawn in the sand of Martian dunes have puzzled scientists for years. As it turns out, those linear shapes are the result of dry ice gliding down the slopes.

The mile-long troughs on Mars, which scientists first spied in 2002, are unusual because they abruptly end in a pit, unlike similar lines on Earth that end in "debris aprons," as the rolling material is deposited at the bottom.

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